Region: McLaren Vale, SA
First Glance: Spicy and complex Shiraz
Acclaim: 94 Points
From the Upper Tintara Vineyard in Blewitt Springs - a higher elevated and therefore cooler spot in the McLaren, with a mix of sand, clay and iron gravel soils. Fermented and raised gently to not over extract tannin, and matured 18 months in second and third fill barrels before bottling.
94 Pts, Kasia Sobiesiak, The Wine Front
Reserved, savoury bouquet at first. Yes, there are cool blackberries and blue plums (the colour of the label!) with sweet-scented velvety skin. Violets and bresaola. Then dark chocolate with candied orange peel flavours and lots of black pepper dust. A combination of cocoa with aromatic spice. Smoothly flowing in the sense of quality dark chocolate slab with great acidity and a rich but gentle grip. I’m also getting that asphalt feel, as Campbell mentioned in 2016 offering of this wine. Very tasty indeed."